Brian Balthazar is immersed in the world of television, pop culture, consumer trends and digital content all at the same time. His wide range of experience has made him a sought after guest on television as well as a speaker and moderator at events across the country.
Seen as a guest on The Today Show more than 60 times, The Wendy Williams Show more than 30 times, and as a frequent guest co-host of Page Six TV, he provides commentary and reports on what’s happening in the world of pop culture as well as what’s trending in fashion, food, music, social media, and more. His commentary has led to more than 200 appearances on TV shows across dozens of networks.
As a trend watcher and commentator, Brian has collaborated with corporations to examine, explore and give presentations on current and future consumer trends on a variety of topics, including how global societal changes are impacting new consumer behaviors and attitudes, and ‘micro trends’ that are swiftly shaping the way we live.
Brian also enjoys a prominent career as an executive producer and creative force behind many popular television shows. In the world of daytime television, Brian is best known for launching the wildly fun fourth hour of NBC’s Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Later, he would go on to serve as co-executive producer of ABC’s The View. As Vice President of Programming and Development for Scripps Networks (now part of Discovery Networks) he has overseen the production of a variety of television shows for HGTV and DIY Network, including Flip Or Flop, Love it Or List It, The House Hunters franchise, Flea Market Flip and many more.
Perhaps due to his early days as a standup comic, Brian’s tendency to add comedy to his commentary led NBC to ask him to lead a ‘game show’ segment quizzing Today Show talent for a live broadcast. The network now frequently brings him back to the Today show as their ‘go-to’ game host, and has since led Brian to bring the same format to corporate events and launch parties.
Earlier in his career, Brian served as Vice President of Programming and Executive Producer of Digital content production for AOL.com’s main homepage, helping launch the portal’s video strategy and content platform. He was often seen as the host of “AOL Spotlight,” where he sat down with celebrities for fun, light-hearted laughs – and sometimes, intimate insights. His guests have included Jim Parsons, Adam Levine, George Lopez, Jerry Springer, Kristin Chenoweth, Naomi Campbell, Joan Rivers and more.
Brian attended Syracuse University, where he spent a stint as the school mascot, Otto the Orange.